Bella helps "Clear the Shelters" in Connecticut. Check out her interview on NBC CT:​

Take a look at the new article about Bella in The New London Day:

Lana and her two dogs.

Hello Jean!

I just finished reading “Joy Unleashed” and enjoyed everything about it!

My Therapy Dog, BELLA & I are only one year into our new work and loving every minute.... well MOST of them!

I SO related to your AAA personality, your long time career success and long hours and the fear / hurt of no longer having that job! I retired 3 years ago and immediately brought home 2 littermate Labradoodle puppies with the express goal of training the 3 of us to be Therapy Dog teams. 2 1/2 years later, my boy is on sabbatical , while his adolescent zoomies Promise to probably stay forever.... he may need a new career :)

His littermate Bella & I visit a hospital, Hospice patients and a Memory Care Center . We recently moved from CO to Prescott , AZ and Im looking for children volunteer opportunities here.

It is refreshing to learn that your Bella has strengths and “areas to work on” just like my girl. After all she’s a miracle producer and “just a dog at heart”!! She does not need to be perfect to do her job... lesson for ME to remember.

Just wanted to reach out to thank you for the wonderful stories that touched me.
I wish you and your loved ones a Happy Holiday Season and all BLESSINGS!



FOR PALA (Pennsylvania Assisted Living Association) 


—Ask your local veterinarians
—Look up Pet Partners (
—The Good Dog Foundation and Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs (
—Therapy Dogs International (
—American Kennel Club (
—Look in your local newspaper/library
—Sign up for the HABRI Newsletter (Human Animal Bond Research 

Please email me and we'll set up a time to talk. 


AARP FREE WEBINAR, "“Joy Unleashed: Lessons a Dog Taught an Unemployed Baby Boomer". You might not be able to teach an old dog new tricks but, if you’re a job seeker, you might be surprised what lessons you can learn from a puppy! Don’t miss our free webinar. Register & attend and you’ll get a free e-book from Career Coach Jean Baur:​ 


PALA (PA Assisted Living Association), October 10, 2017, 10:30AM-Noon, Lancaster, PA. Jean and Bella have been invited back to PALA to share their story and lessons from the book:  "Joy Unleashed:  The Healing Power of An Unlikely Therapy Dog." Members only.

Argentum, Myrle Beach, S.C. October 24, 2017, Jean will be speaking about how therapy dogs helps senior staff and residents. Members only. 

University of Hartford, Hartford, CT, CLASS Conference, October 27, 2017, 1:30-2:15. For more information call Alberto at (860) 832-3402. 



Milford Hospital Auxilary, September 16, 2917, 11-12, Mill River Country Club, Stratford, CT.

Lit-Wits Book Club, Hartford, September 14, 2017, 5-7PM.

CT Author's Trail, Stonington Public Library, August 17, 2017, 5:30 PM, Stonington, CT. 

Southern CT State University, July 31, 2017, 11-12, New Haven, CT.

PetSmart, June 24, 2017, 12-2PM, Westerly, RI

Waterford Public Library, June 3, 2017, 2-3:30PM, Waterford, CT.

SE CT Senior Network, May 10, 2017, 8-9:30AM, Crescent Point, Niantic, CT.

Fisher's Island Public School, NY, March 31, 2017.

Stonington High School, March 22, 2017, 9:30-10:45AM, Stonington, CT

Old Lyme Book Club, March 23, 2017, Old Lyme, CT. 

Welles-Turner Memorial Library, February 5, 2017, 2-3PM, Glastonbury, CT.

Ridgewood Public Library, Ridgewood, NJ, January 30, 2017, 7PM

Elm Street Books, New Canaan, CT, December 31, 12-2PM. 

The Elms, Westerly, RI, December 10, 2016, 11-12PM.

Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT, Sunday, Dec. 4, 1-3PM, 

Stonington Farmers Market, Stonington, CT, December 3, 10-1PM

Newtown Bookstop, Newtown, PA, November 19, 2016, 2PM.

Guilford Public LIbrary, Nov. 9, 2016, 7PM.

​Groton Public Library's Annual Authors' Festival, November 5, 2016, 12-3PM.

Academy Point, Mystic, CT. September 10, 4-5PM

Savoy Bookstore, Westerly, RI, September 14, 6PM.

Mystic-Noank Library, Mystic, CT, September  20, 7PM.

Connecticut College, October 7, 11-12PM.

Stonington Free Library, October 20, 2016, 5PM.